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Kurdish MP belittles Obama's letter to Maliki  23.7.2012 

Khalid Shwani, Iraqi MP from the Kurdistani Alliance
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July 23, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdish Alliance MP minimized the importance of the letter sent by US president Barrack Obama on Exxon Mobil Oil Company in Kurdistan and disputed areas, calling for a solution to the issue according to the Iraqi constitution.

MP Khalid Shwani told Aswat al-Iraq that the contents of Obama's letter suggested solving the question according to the Iraqi constitution and laws.

He added "we pointed many times that Kurdistan contracts are done according to Iraqi constitution, which grants the Kurdish government the right to sign its contracts in un-discovered oil fields".

Premier Nouri al-Maliki's office disclosed last Thursday that Obama's letter was "positive" on the functions of Exxon Mobil company in Kurdistan and disputed areas.

The statement called the US company to abide by its pledges and the recommendations made by the Iraqi government, in addition to the advices made by the US administration.

Disputes between Baghdad and Erbil continued on the rights of the Kurdish local government to sign oil contract.

Baghdad threatened the US company of preventing it from excavation in mid and south of Iraq if implemented its commitments to Kurdistan, amid Kurdish protest that Baghdad intervention is illegal.

The Kurdish government is following its contracts with Exxon Mobil to provide it with more financial income.

The oil and gas law, that will regulate the relations between the center and provinces, has not been endorsed yet for the last few years due to the non-agreement among the political blocs.

Shwani stressed the necessity to adopt the oil and gas law and blamed Iraqi oil ministry for not endorsing the law till now.

The last problem between Baghdad and Erbil was the oil exports from the Kurdish region to Turkey without the consent of Baghdad.

The Iraqi government objected to such exports, but the Turkish government refused the Iraqi call.

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